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Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Festival Gala Launch MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL GOURMET FESTIVAL (MIGF) 2014

Taste MIGF ~ The Spectacular Preview 
I was truly honoured to be invited to the Gala Launch of Taste MIGF - VIP Taste Sovereign held on 26th September 2014 at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre.

It was a totally exciting yet humbling experience to be the media participant; given the privilege to have the  first hand to try out and taste the glorious spread from the 28 restaurants cuisines. At the specially created location - The Theatre of Cuisines, we were treated to a "Super Gourmet Safari" around all 28 Festival Restaurants with tasting portions from their Festival Menus.


Taste MIGF is the spectacular preview event for the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) which is due to take place throughout this coming October with the theme RED HOTS CHEFS.

For a full Festival month of October, outstanding chefs from the country's best restaurants will offer diners specially created Festival Menus available at exclusive Festival prices together with a host of generous Festival offers

Food lovers will be taken on a great culinary experience savouring of the country's best restaurants line up of Festival Menus at special prices together with a host of special offers. The extensive variety of cuisines means that there is something to suit all tastes. 

RED HOTS CHEFS

Surrounded by captains of industry ~ RED HOTS CHEFS, we were taken on a global gourmet safari, sampling tasting portions from each of the 28 participating restaurants in the stunning "Theatre of Cuisines". Fare from the 4 corners of the Earth were well represented, from Sri Lankan to Cantonese, Modern French to Italian, Japanese to Thai, and a fusion of International and Western specialities.

Honoured to be part of the judging team for the BEST and MOST CREATIVE Restaurant for the event 
 Festival Master Chefs
As each of the Festival Master Chefs strutted on stage, the MC announced them in synch with the MIGF Red Hot Chefs TV ad, they struck a pose while media cameras flashed and the crowd looked on. Then, under a sea of confetti, with Dato’ Steve and Tunku Naquiyuddin on stage, the Festival was officially declared open.

Food lovers can partake in a Super Gourmet Safari in one spectacular and specially ~ The Theatre of Cuisines. Here, they buy Gourmet Dollars to exchange for the tasting portions from the Festival Restaurants.

Redemption of Gourmet Dollars from the registration counters with an average value of RM50 per booklet with value of RM5 per dollar. Once you had collected your MIGF bag and wristband, you would then be granted access into the awe-inspiring Theatre of Cuisines, with booths by the 28 participating restaurants encircling the area.

Exquisite Dining Display

Each was exquisitely decorated with displays of food, ingredients, artwork, candles and more in styles that reflected the concept and character of their restaurant, attempting to outdo each other with their creativity.


Enchanting candles set the mood for an wonderful evening

Smiling serving staff would enthusiastically greet you as you pass, extolling the virtues of their artistic sampling portions and urging you to try a bite. If you decided to accept, you'd only need to tear off the requisite number of Gourmet Dollars to exchange for the portion of your choice, and receive a delicious sample in return that often looked almost too good to eat.

Enjoying some pre-opening cocktail with my daughter, Clarrisha at the media lounge
Happy me ~ Auntie Lilly clowning around before the launching of the event
Pre-opening finger food  
Simply Exhilarating posing with Eye catching stilt walkers

The Theatre of Cuisines, filled to the brim with stunning restaurant booths, teemed with invitees eagerly sampling the lush fare on offer. Eye catching stilt walkers in colourful culinary-themed costumes moseyed through the crowds, stopping for selfies with foodies as they munched on everything from mini wagyu burgers, blow-torched tuna, French snails and pan-seared tiger prawns.

Thumbs Up for TOP good-looking RED HOT CHEF 
~ Exec Sous Chef Kok Chee Kin of Dynasty ~

With 28 Festival restaurants being showcased with each station featuring 3 to 6 special sampling creations, food lovers were spoilt for choice with such a wide array of cuisines to choose from.

From Japanese cuisines such as Salmon Sashimi and Chinmi Maki; to Western Classic like Chargrilled Wagyu Steak and Smoked Duck Breast with Fricassee; to Contemporary Italian such as Risotto Stewed with Truffle and Cavatelli; to Chinese delights of Chilled Mini Abalone and 3 Treasure Dumplings; right up to heavenly desserts like Chocolate Napoleon, Aromatic Cigar infused Pudding, Maccha Tiramisu, Hajuku Cheesecake and Vairhona Chocolate. Tasting portions are big enough to show their creativity but small enough to allow you to taste as many dishes from as many restaurants as possible.

Well, following are some of  my Top Choices from Super Gourmet Safari. Be ready to feast your eyes and drool over the impressive, mouth-watering and amazing dishes featured here! 


Chilled Mini Abalone ~ Dynasty

Hot & Spicy Hokkaido Scallop and Clam ~ Dynasty


Salmon Sashimi ~ Minori
Salmon Salad ~ Minori
Steamed Australian Short Ribs with Wincarnis Medicated Wine ~ Chynna

Pizza Bufalina ~ Nerovivo 
Signature Summer Salad ~ Signature by The Hill
Mini Burger ~ Marble 8
Certified Angus Porterhouse Dry Aged ~ Chambers Bar & Grill
French Snails ~ Tanzini
Wagyu Beef with Hokkaido Potato Croquette ~ Ten Japanese Fine Dining
Chargrilled Wagyu Steak ~ Samplings On The Fourteenth Restaurant
Robatayaki Grilled Baby Snapper Fillet, Wild Rice and Herbal Shimeji ~ Chambers Bar and Grill
Charcoal Grilled Wagyu Beef ~ Chambers Bar and Grill 
Blow-Torched Tuna ~ NEO Tamarind
Begedil Ayam ~ Charcoal Saujana Hotel
Chicken Liver Terrine Tart ~ Neo Tamarind

Smoked Salmon With Mango Kerabu & Lemon Cream Cheese ~ Bunga Emas
Popiah Basah with Shark's Fin Basil & Crispy Sqiud ~ Bunga Emas
 Marinated Sea Conch ~ Nook  
Sambal Beef Tongue & Tendon Served With Percik Sauce & Achar Crudite ~ Nook

With more than over 90 mouth-watering delicacies to indulge in the Theatre of Cuisines, one can never try every single creations from the 28 restaurants. So go ahead. foodies can continue their gastronomic adventure by dining as many Festival restaurants as possible with family and friends to taste the diverse set of delights on offer this October.

For full list of restaurants and the menus, please click here : www.migf.com/restaurant-list/2014  

Met up with some food bloggers ~ Clarrisha Hong of Memoirs of C, Pui Yan of socially awkward, Pancake of findingfats and  Executive Sous Chef Johnson ~ Premier Hotel Hot Chef from Royal Gourmet Chinese Cuisine & Mr Desmond Wong ~ Premier Hotel F & B Manager

 ~ One for the Album ~ 
 Hong Family of Bloggers with Chef Johnson & Desmond Wong of Premier Hotel 


 My daughter, Carmen Hong & I with famous Dennis Lau, an International renowned Musical Maestro & Violinists  
 Funny-looking Dancers on stilt walkers in colourful culinary-themed costumes
Can You Boogie with Auntie Lilly?

Chilling with Clarrisha over a glass of red wine

Never-ending night of food sampling  

Cheers and Bon Appetit from Auntie Lilly of followmetoeatla.blogspot.com
& Uncle Hong of bestrestauranttoeat.blogspot.com

It has been such an amazing, spectacular event for me! I would say that it is the highlight of my year. Many thanks the organizer for inviting me for this priceless, one of its kind experience and I'll be waiting in anticipation to attend the Taste MIGF gala launch in 2015!
  
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3 comments:

  1. Taste MIGF is the spectacular preview event for the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) which is due to take place throughout this coming October with the theme RED HOTS CHEFS.

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  2. With more than over 90 mouth-watering delicacies to indulge in the Theatre of Cuisines, one can never try every single creations from the 28 restaurants. So go ahead. foodies can continue their gastronomic adventure by dining as many Festival restaurants as possible with family and friends to taste the diverse set of delights on offer this October.

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  3. The event planner at this place was flexible in allowing us to bring in our own personal touches, including a host of different desserts (which the staff plated beautifully for us).

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